New Delhi, April 10, 2019
A delegation of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on April 10th, 2019 met Janata Dal (United) JD(U) minister K.C. Tyagi in New Delhi and asked him to include the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in their election manifesto.
AASU’chief advisor Sammujal Bhattacharya and president Dipanka Kumar Nath were present during the meeting with Tyagi.
After the meeting, Tyagi addressing media persons said, “We will include the issue of Citizenship Bill as we are completely against the Bill. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s agendas are totally different.”
Thanking the JD(U), Dipanka said, “We are thankful to Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) for taking the issue of Citizenship Bill seriously and we will continue to stand firm against this contentious Bill.”
It may be mentioned that Nitish Kumar led JD(U) has been opposing the Bill since the month of July 2018 and has termed it a clear threat to indigenous languages and culture of Assam.
The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.